Buzz at the Box Office: ‘Taken 2’ Keeps Truckin’, ‘Argo’ Arrives at No. 2
After eviscerating its competition with an opening-weekend haul of $49.5 million, Taken 2 continues to pummel all comers in its second weekend with another $21.8 million in receipts.
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck’s third outing as a director, Argo, squeaked into the No. 2 spot with an impressive $19.5 million.
Hotel Transylvania, on the other hand, dropped to No. 4 with a box office take of $17.2 million, bringing its cumulative earnings to more than $102 million in just three weeks.
What scary surprise slid into Number Three?
Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill’s Sinister opened at No. 3 with just more than $18 million, which recouped its reportedly $3 million price tag and then some.
No. 5 was also a new release: Kevin James’ Here Comes the Boom. The comedic MMA movie took in $11.8 million along with its wealth of negative reviews.
Of the other two high-profile films opening last weekend, Seven Psychopaths and Atlas Shrugged: Part II, only the former penetrated the Top 10, slipping past Perks of Being a Wallflower to take home $4.1 million in the No. 9 spot.
Atlas Shrugged, on the other hand, landed at No. 11, which is actually mildly impressive given the fact that it opened only on a few more than 1,000 screens, which was less than half of the number of screens of almost all of its competition.
Watch the Taken 2 trailer below.